Peace and Justice

6 States Where Voters Could Push Democracy Forward in the Midterms
by Kevon Paynter
From raising the minimum wage to enacting police reforms, here are ballot initiatives progressives should watch in 2018.
I Was Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide
by Sarah van Gelder
Wisconsin dairy farmers reminded me not to allow Fox News and the NRA to define groups of people.
Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round in Shipping Containers
by Isabelle Morrison
She can control the water, temperature, and light conditions remotely, with an app on her phone. Is this the future of food-growing?
The Restaurant Where Grandmas Cook to Share Their Cultures
by Shaima Shamdeen
A New York City restaurant does more than serve home cooking from around the world. It prepares each dish with the love that only a grandmother can provide.
Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street
by David Korten
Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.
I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence
by Matika Wilbur
In over 80 nations, oppressive domination has been dismantled.
Gun Violence Has Dropped Dramatically in 3 States With Very Different Gun Laws
by Mike Males
To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.
Reclaiming African Herbalism as an Act of Resistance
by Danielle Dorsey
Plant medicine has been gaining popularity in recent years, but this herbalist wants to decolonize it.
What Happens When White Parents Adopt Black Children and Move to Black Neighborhoods
by Angela Tucker
Sometimes the best intentions to bolster identity and culture contribute to gentrification and displacement of the Black community.
4 Things I’m Not Saying When I Say “Rape Culture”
by Maisha Z. Johnson
I don’t blame you for feeling defensive at the phrase. But maybe you’ve been dismissing rape culture because you’ve misunderstood what it means.
A Feminist’s Guide to Rom-Coms and How to Watch Them
by Ayu Sutriasa
You can acknowledge their problems and still enjoy them (probably not Woody Allen’s, though).
6 Tips for White People Who Want to Celebrate Black History
by Shay Stewart-Bouley, Debby Irving
Here’s what you can do to authentically engage with Black History this month and every month.
Why Black Panther’s Wakanda Is the Black Utopia We’ve Been Waiting For
by Ingrid LaFleur
Before the film was released, the nation of Wakanda was taking shape in our minds.
Yes, Lots of People Go to Jail Because They Can’t Pay a Fine
by Sarah van Gelder
One of the most chilling reasons for being sent back to prison is failure to pay a fine or court or supervision fees.
Why I Teach a Course Called “White Racism”
by Ted Thornhill
When it comes to professors who deal with racial stratification, we should not be whitewashing reality.